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Precipitation and Evapotranspiration Mechanisms in Drylands and Their Remote Sensing Retrieval & Simulation II

A special issue of Remote Sensing (ISSN 2072-4292). This special issue belongs to the section "Atmospheric Remote Sensing".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 25 March 2024 | Viewed by 81

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Institute of Arid Meteorology, CMA, Key Laboratory of Arid Climatic Change and Reducing Disaster of Gansu Province, Key Laboratory of Arid Climatic Change and Disaster Reduction of CMA, Lanzhou 730020, China
Interests: land–atmosphere interaction; atmospheric boundary; the oasis microclimate; drought monitoring; warning and risk management; cloud water resources development; hail monitoring and warning
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Prof. Dr. Yu Zhang
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College of Atmospheric Sciences, Chengdu University of Information Technology, Chengdu 610225, China
Interests: land surface processes and land–atmosphere interactions; atmospheric boundary layer physics
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Prof. Dr. Ping Yue
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Institute of Arid Meteorology, CMA, Lanzhou 730020, China
Interests: land–atmosphere interaction; drought-induced disaster mechanism
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College of Atmospheric Sciences, Chengdu University of Information Technology, Chengdu 610225, China
Interests: land–atmosphere interaction; boundary layer meteorology; evapotranspiration
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Dr. Yongli He
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Key Laboratory for Semi-Arid Climate Change of the Ministry of Education, College of Atmospheric Sciences, Lanzhou University, Lanzhou 730000, China
Interests: climate feedbacks in dryland ecosystems; dryland climate change and mechanisms
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Precipitation and evapotranspiration, as the two main components of the hydrological cycle, are essential for water resources, agriculture, and ecosystem management. Drylands, covering about 45% of the Earth’s land surface, are home to more than 38% of the world’s population and are one of the most sensitive areas to climate change and human activities. Over drylands, precipitation and evapotranspiration are scarce and highly variable. An accurate characterization of precipitation and evapotranspiration properties is lacking due to the limited ground monitoring systems typical of these regions. Precipitation and evapotranspiration mechanisms are complex and different from other regions. Precipitation is also strongly coupled with evapotranspiration in these regions due to strong land–atmosphere interactions.  Improving our understanding of the mechanisms in precipitation and evapotranspiration and their simulation over dryland is a top priority for weather and climate research. Satellites have been providing vital information from multispectral, hyperspectral, thermal, and microwave remote sensing data to estimate precipitation. ET is a multifaceted variable and is controlled by a combination of radiative, atmospheric, and vegetation drivers, which could be obtained from remote sensing. Estimation from satellite observations provides the opportunity to improve our knowledge of precipitation and evapotranspiration in these regions.

To promote wide communication on the subject, we convened a session AS31 at the AOGS2022 19th Annual Meeting with a similar theme: “Precipitation Mechanisms in Drylands and Their Simulation”. This Special Issue builds on the session and expands and enriches the research themes for a wider research scope.

This Special Issue will showcase recent efforts in applying remote sensing data in precipitation and evapotranspiration research, including remote sensing inversion methods on precipitation and evapotranspiration, precipitation mechanisms and evapotranspiration regulation mechanisms, and numerical simulation studies based on remote sensing combined with other data. This subject involves the multidisciplinary intersection of atmospheric and hydrometeorological sciences with remote sensing. It fits well with the research scope of this journal.

This Special Issue invites contributions dealing with the retrieval of precipitation and evapotranspiration data on different spatial and temporal scales, monitoring their dynamics, exploring the mechanisms of precipitation and evapotranspiration, and improving simulation accuracy based on the integrated use of remotely sensed data and in situ measurements. Articles may address, but are not limited to, the following topics:

  • Retrieval of precipitation;
  • Estimation of evapotranspiration;
  • Evapotranspiration regulation mechanisms;
  • Validation of precipitation and evapotranspiration models;
  • Characterization of precipitation properties;
  • The impact of climate change on precipitation and evapotranspiration;
  • Spatial and temporal characteristics of evapotranspiration;
  • Precipitation mechanism;
  • Numerical simulation of precipitation and evapotranspiration;
  • Land–atmosphere interaction;
  • Drought and flood assessment and monitoring.

This Special Issue is the second edition of the Special Issue, “Precipitation and Evapotranspiration Mechanisms in Drylands and Their Remote Sensing Retrieval & Simulation”.

Prof. Qiang Zhang
Prof. Dr. Yu Zhang
Prof. Dr. Ping Yue
Dr. Zesu Yang
Dr. Yongli He
Dr. Simone Lolli
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  • precipitation
  • evapotranspiration
  • environmental regulations
  • sensible heat fluxes
  • soil moisture
  • precipitation recycling process
  • evapotranspiration partitioning
  • evapotranspiration–precipitation coupling
  • Asia summer monsoon
  • westerly wind
  • vegetation dynamics
  • numerical simulation
  • hydrological extremes
  • drylands

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